Monthly Archives: May 2011

Book Heaven

Book heaven is for real in Hay-on-Wye

In spite of iPads, Nooks, Kindles and other electronic media readers, I am still in the stone age when it comes to reading books – I prefer a hard cover book that smells of fresh print which I curl up with every evening before I go to sleep, and on which margins I write my simple notes; unless, of course, I have a warm and curly figure I could curl around!

Back to my subject: whether you like or dislike the British [as I do], one must admit that Brits have a great knack for putting on a good show; like the Chelsea Flower Festival going on right now, or the annual literature convention called the Hay Book Festival currently going on at the picturesque Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye.















Any book lover or even an average reader would have a grand time visiting this book festival in Wales which is taking place from the 23RD May till 1ST of June. The festival offers any and all kinds of books imaginable plus a number of headline guests that include Nobel Laureates, historians and writers from all walks of literature. All of whom will present lectures, readings and answer sessions including top authors.















The present events cover works of Art & Architecture, Comedy, Economics, Entertainment, History & Philosophy, Literature, Music, Politics & Journalism, Religion, Science, also Stage & Screen. Apart from the ongoing festival, it seems the town itself consists of wall to wall second hand bookshops, a reader’s Mecca by any standard.

Sister festivals take place in many cities including Beirut. I would however imagine being in Hay-on-Wye to be a much more enriching experience than anywhere else including Beirut.

“Heaven is other people’s books”